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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:41 PM

Matt Taibbi - Conservatives Have Their Worst Week Ever

Have Republicans, and the right wing in general, ever been more disjointed? More confused? More incapable of getting out of their own way?

Watching America's political conservatives try to counter-maneuver opposite Barack Obama's re-inauguration over the course of the last week has been an incredible comedy – like watching the Three Stooges try to perform a liver transplant on roller skates.

Let's review the basic timeline. First, Political Media, a conservative action group, decided to try to make an appeal to win the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere by declaring January 19th – previously known as Martin Luther King Day, to the rest of us – to be "Gun Appreciation Day."

They solicited hundreds of sponsors and sought to get 50 million people to sign a goofball petition (written in the style of the Declaration of Independence, with a plethora of "Whereas…"-es... Why do gun people insist on trying to use 18th-century syntax?) against the "tyrannical governments" that were out to take their guns. "Gun Appreciation Day" would also involve gun shows and other local events all over the country, meant as a counter-balance to the candle-toting gun control protests that were springing up over last weekend in anticipation of Obama's inauguration and the rumored plans for new gun legislation.

Read more conservative shenanigans of the past week: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/conservatives-have-their-worst-week-ever-20130123

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Reply Matt Taibbi - Conservatives Have Their Worst Week Ever (Original post)
JaneyVee Jan 2013 OP
dhill926 Jan 2013 #1
Dragonfli Jan 2013 #2
just1voice Jan 2013 #3
dbackjon Jan 2013 #4
trumad Jan 2013 #16
dbackjon Jan 2013 #18
A Simple Game Jan 2013 #6
WilliamPitt Jan 2013 #8
Wind Dancer Jan 2013 #10
trumad Jan 2013 #13
RainDog Jan 2013 #17
just1voice Jan 2013 #20
RainDog Jan 2013 #21
RainDog Jan 2013 #23
RainDog Jan 2013 #28
snooper2 Jan 2013 #14
SidDithers Jan 2013 #19
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #7
YoungDemCA Jan 2013 #12
RainDog Jan 2013 #27
riverbendviewgal Jan 2013 #5
Capt. Obvious Jan 2013 #9
seabeyond Jan 2013 #11
SidDithers Jan 2013 #15
BootinUp Jan 2013 #24
banned from Kos Jan 2013 #22
One of the 99 Jan 2013 #26
Zoeisright Jan 2013 #25

Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:53 PM

1. good...and I hope next week is even worse....

and the week after that....and the week after that.....

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:20 PM

2. I thought Matt Taibbi was a bad source frowned upon at DU?

I never agreed with that but I thought that was the latest.

As always, I think he does a fine job, maybe he will be more welcome here in future.

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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:34 PM

3. He's usually bashed by posters with 20,000+ posts

 

whom think every one of their ad-hom attacks is the most important thing in the world. I'm sure they'll lay off this Taibbi article because it doesn't address any Obama administration actions such as letting banking criminals go free, torturers go free, taking universal health care off the table, drone attacks, anti-gay "it's up to the states" talk or other such heavily researched and proven topics that loyalist apparatchiks experience extreme cognitive dissonance from reading.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:35 PM

4. Exactly - to that group, any criticism of the President on DU is a traitorous action.

DU should be the place where we CAN critique the party and it's officials.

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Response to dbackjon (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:23 PM

16. "DU should be the place where we CAN critique the party and it's officials".

You've been here since 2004 and you actually wrote that?

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Response to trumad (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:25 PM

18. I know.

It is funny. On here I am accused of being an anti-Obama/Democratic troll because I criticize actions.

On other, non-Democratic boards (like sports boards with a political section), I am accused of being an Obama ass-kisser who never criticizes him, or any Democrats.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:54 PM

6. You got it exactly right. n/t

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:03 PM

8. Derp.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:10 PM

10. +1000

Amazing, isn't it?

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:21 PM

13. Oh Horse fucking shit...

He's bashed by one fucking douchebag who licks the balls of Wall Street

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Response to trumad (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:24 PM

17. ^^what trumad said^^

and, honestly, stop this divisive horseshit.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:07 PM

20. Like I said

 

ad-hom attacks that lots of people see from people whom regularly engage in such wastes of time. Honesty, take a look at yourself and your own "horseshit".

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Response to just1voice (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:20 PM

21. tell me about it

tell me about my horseshit. is it because I post about the issue of medical marijuana? because, except for a time there, I don't generally post here about anything else.

at one point, when someone was attacking me and others, accusing us of coddling pedophiles and being pro-rape - then, yeah, I struck back at the bullshit.

but, otherwise - tell me about my posts that you see as attacks.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:45 PM

23. waiting for the evidence of your accusation

if you want to make such a claim about me - prove it.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:09 PM

28. still waiting for you to present some evidence to support your claim

since you don't seem to have any, I'll just assume you're a master baiter of DU, trying to stir up shit, as I noted before.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:21 PM

14. That run-on sentence was greatness!

You should make it it's own OP

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Response to just1voice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:49 PM

19. Welcome back, again...nt

Sid

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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:57 PM

7. Really? I still consider myself a bit of a newbie here. I had no idea. Why?

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:13 PM

12. Taibbi has criticized the Obama Administration in a number of articles.

That's why.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:38 PM

27. But he also wrote one of the most iconic articles about Republicans: Worst Congress Ever

That talked about the nasty shit Republicans were doing to try to keep Democrats from even voting on bills.

http://archive.truthout.org/article/matt-taibbi-time-go-inside-worst-congress-ever

There is very little that sums up the record of the US Congress in the Bush years better than a half-mad boy-addict put in charge of a federal commission on child exploitation. After all, if a hairy-necked, raincoat-clad freak like Rep. Mark Foley can get himself named co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, one can only wonder: What the hell else is going on in the corridors of Capitol Hill these days?

These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the US parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula - a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.


It just so happens that the Obama administration is the one that has raided legally-operating medical marijuana facilities in CA but refused to press charges against a bank that was laundering money for drug cartels and terrorists. Because, see, Tiabbi doesn't think it's okay to engage in that sort of rank hypocrisy without note, even if someone is a Democrat.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/matt_taibbi_after_laundering_800_million

The banking giant HSBC has escaped indictment for laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and groups linked to al-Qaeda. Despite evidence of wrongdoing, the U.S. Department of Justice has allowed the bank to avoid prosecution and pay a $1.9 billion fine. No top HSBC officials will face charges, either. We’re joined by Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi, author of "Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History." "You can do real time in jail in America for all kinds of ridiculous offenses," Taibbi says. "Here we have a bank that laundered $800 million of drug money, and they can’t find a way to put anybody in jail for that. That sends an incredible message, not just to the financial sector but to everybody. It’s an obvious, clear double standard, where one set of people gets to break the rules as much as they want and another set of people can’t break any rules at all without going to jail."


Because real reporters don't look the other way when "your side" is doing something horribly unethical.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:38 PM

5. good article

I think LaPierre looks like Hitler...just pencil in a moustache like Adolf's

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:08 PM

9. This:


The man was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in Cleveland. I sure hope that dude has private health insurance that he paid for. If it turns out that taxpayers had to foot the bill for a freaking helicopter flight to rescue the friend of some gun-toting conservative who decided to protest the socialist Obama administration by accidentally shooting a pal on Martin Luther King Day, that would be some kind of embarrassing, wouldn't it?





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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:12 PM

11. they have ahd so many worst weeks ever, the last couple years. who can tell. nt

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:22 PM

15. WTF? Taibbi writing about conservatives?...

Must be bizarro day at Rolling Stone.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:29 PM

24. You spoke for me. nt

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:28 PM

22. This past week was the worst ever for conservatives?

 

Not Obama's election and the loss of Congress in 2008? Not health care reform? Not bank reform? Not the reelection of Obama and net losses in the Senate? Not FDR's four terms? Not Clinton's wins?


Some gun nuts got hosed in the media and that makes it their worst week?

Taibbi is a fucking douchebag again.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:36 PM

26. Watch out

You're dissing one of the gods of the DU dittoheads.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:30 PM

25. Keep it coming until they die a slow and

painful death like the Whigs.

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